Saga, Vol. 8

Saga, Vol. 8

After the traumatic events of the War for Phang, Hazel, her parents, and their surviving companions embark on a life-changing adventure at the westernmost edge of the universe.Collecting: Saga 43-48....

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Title:Saga, Vol. 8
Author:Brian K. Vaughan
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Edition Language:English

Saga, Vol. 8 Reviews

  • Paul

    My second-most-difficult read of 2017. Heart-rendingly brilliant.

  • Sarah

    I loved this volume and everything that came with it! WHEW, it's got me hyped! This is one of the best comics, like no doubt about it. Art = amazing. Story = amazing. If you're not reading this comic, you need to drop what you're reading and start now. You won't regret it!

  • Adina

    My favorite from the series so far and the 1st that got 5*. Now the wait for the next collections begins.

  • karen

    OH GOD SO GOOD!

    real review coming but if this series ever ends, i might lose my mind. never stop, please.

  • Anne

    Ok, if you read the last volume, you know that Alana's baby didn't make it.

    So, once the shock wears off, what exactly happens next?

    Now, I know this is touchy territory for a lot of people, but Vaughn went there anyway.

    Late-term abortion. If nothing else, you probably heard the sound bites about during the last US election.

    Personally, I am 100% for late-te

    Ok, if you read the last volume, you know that Alana's baby didn't make it.

    So, once the shock wears off, what exactly happens next?

    Now, I know this is touchy territory for a lot of people, but Vaughn went there anyway.

    Late-term abortion. If nothing else, you probably heard the sound bites about during the last US election.

    Personally, I am 100% for late-term abortions.

    And for those of you out there that actually believe that means doctors pull 9 month old healthy babies from wombs and put them into a wood chipper, then I doubt anything I or anyone else could say will make a difference.

    But.

    For the rest of you?

    Here's why someone who has had

    , but didn't get abortions for any of them (

    ), would support another woman's right to choose to end her pregnancy late in the game.

    Because I couldn't imagine how horrible and hard it would be to keep carrying my dying baby inside of me for months.

    And you know your child won't survive. But you can't help them, and you know that your child's suffering hasn't even begun yet. Won't begin, until you give birth to them.

    Life is cruel like that sometimes.

    Children die. And parents grieve...for the rest of their lives.

    I personally believe that if you are ever in that situation and want to carry the baby to term, then that's your

    . But I also believe that a woman should have the

    to begin the grieving and healing sooner.

    At any rate, I thought Vaughn dealt with this subject in a respectful way.

    The stuff with The Will was short but still made an impact on the story. You get a peek at his

    , while also adding another potentially explosive new personality into the mix!

    I love Petrichor. Even if she is a

    grumpy.

    But she gets to shine like a badass during

    , and there are some interesting developments that...well,

    . Sorry.

    Due to the nature of Alan's pregnancy, there's a rather huge, and spoilery, shock in store for everyone. Again...sorry.

    Oh, and you know how I wasn't quite as moved at the end of the last volume, while all the rest of you were crying so hard you had snot bubbles coming out of your nose?

    I read that scene and I made this choking noise out loud.

    Goddammit, Saga! You're ruining my tough-girl image!

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    Yes ❤

    Yes ❤️

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)

    I love Saga so much !! someone please send a defibrilator !!

    alright, short review because I have no energy. While this graphic novel felt especially fast and the plot has begun to meander a bit, my investment in the characters - and pure enjoyment of the story - truly brought this one forward for me.

    I also unfortunately feel that several of my favorite classes are getting less page time. Gwen, Sophie, and Lying Cat are still my favorites, and they had

    pagetime here. Our current squad - Marco

    I love Saga so much !! someone please send a defibrilator !!

    alright, short review because I have no energy. While this graphic novel felt especially fast and the plot has begun to meander a bit, my investment in the characters - and pure enjoyment of the story - truly brought this one forward for me.

    I also unfortunately feel that several of my favorite classes are getting less page time. Gwen, Sophie, and Lying Cat are still my favorites, and they had

    pagetime here. Our current squad - Marco, Alana, Hazel, Petrichor, King Robot, his son, and Gus - just does not compel me the same way they do.

    But overall, I found this volume entertaining - I mean, what can I say, they take twenty minutes to read each - and am looking forward to continue this series next year.

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  • HFK

    It has been a few days since I finished the eight volume of

    , and I did not really feel huge desire to come and review it because I have been quite busy with myself, but there is never a right time, so here we go.

    In the summer months we had this political shift that is perhaps now one of the biggest changes and happenings inside Finnish politics. Nationalists won a leading position in The Finns Party (when the members voted for a new leader for the party), which is often referred as a coup,

    It has been a few days since I finished the eight volume of

    , and I did not really feel huge desire to come and review it because I have been quite busy with myself, but there is never a right time, so here we go.

    In the summer months we had this political shift that is perhaps now one of the biggest changes and happenings inside Finnish politics. Nationalists won a leading position in The Finns Party (when the members voted for a new leader for the party), which is often referred as a coup, because naturally if people vote in a democratic elections that has unpleasant outcome it has to have a naughty nasty name.

    Due to this, half of the party members walked out to form a new party with the ex-leader, and there was all kinds of fishy things going on. The walk out had been well planned forehand as the nationalists win was predicted albeit very unwanted by the elite. And because the party's ex-leader was a populist in all its finesses, he was not busy to sell all his promises.

    It was all dramatic, the government was collapsing, our Prime Minister was flying his private plane to our President so he could sign the breakdown and new nation wide elections would be under their way. In the last minute, The Finns Party had this surprise walk-out mentioned above (many party members walked out and formed a new party to work with the ruling government) so he was able to do a dramatic U-turn and fly back to burn the resignation form.

    A close call. Sure, whoever wants to believe in such a nonsense. Well, it was nice to win and it was actually quite nice to play along for a little while and fantasize of being part of collapsing our shitty, anti-nationalist government. But reality check.

    So, the nationalists (me and my buddies) were out of the government, nicely forced back to opposition. They all said that this was not planned even many knew it was, and it was kind of accepted that it happened. In most countries this would end with new elections, but not here in a land of healthy democracy.

    Today it emerged that there had been a secret meeting with our Prime Minister and State Secretary, the right hand of our Foreign Minister who also happened to be the leader of The Finns Party before the elections that ended up to the win of nationalists. To cover up this meeting, which everyone by now know was about what to do if nationalists win, they actually smuggled our State Secretary inside a car's trunk.

    Yes, inside a car's trunk.

    As much as I actually laugh at this part U.S. (the dramatic plane trip) and part Russian (the trunk smuggling) action movie script, I have to say it is not so much fun when your government is full of these so-called masterminds and to know that your vote has very little value. If there was some confusion that it would have when the game gets tough.

    So, why I am telling this story?

    I can't talk about this volume without spoilers so I need ramble enough words out of me so I do not need to use those ugly spoiler tags, and people have enough time to back off if they are reading this series. What is in this review will ruin and spoil. A fact.

    And because

    is very much a political comic.

    Maybe political is not the right word for

    , propaganda is. Specifically - liberal propaganda.

    Now, before you get all upset, I am a classic liberal, which means I am favor of the messages that are found in most

    volumes, but it would be extremely intellectually dishonest to dismiss it only because I support the views presented between the covers. More so, when the eight volume is maybe the most heaviest and visible with this propaganda whereas it used to be more subtle, and perhaps easy to miss due to that.

    I do not think

    has ever been preachy, it has nicely walked the thin line of being opinionated and being on top of the current events. Here, however,

    is less subtle and more firm with its overall stand.

    The seventh volume ended dramatically, and the eight volume brings the harsh reality of miscarriage, uterine death and abortion to the surface. But the great thing is that this is tackled through with hope, compassion and positive vibes. There is no surrounding darkness but the peaceful acceptance of loss.

    I absolutely loved that this was not just about a mother experiencing a loss, but also about the experiences of a father and a big sister. This subject is often handled through how a woman experiences a loss of a unborn child, but the effects and grief are felt in the whole family.

    The best was how a big sister was taken into the story, there being an opportunity for her to experience how it would be with her little brother who was now gone. This struct me strongly as my own daughter has always been super protective of her little brother, was that from the moment she knew she is getting a brother even when that brother was still inside my belly.

    The instant connection and caring acts of hers.

    I continue enjoy

    , there is not much to dislike. It is trendy, fresh, funny and a political narration of our current times in a form of a fantasy comic series.

  • Nat

    After the traumatic events of the War for Phang, Hazel, her parents, and their surviving companions embark on a life-changing adventure at the westernmost edge of the universe.

    Trying to gather together my scattered thoughts regarding this newest volume in the

    series is turning out to be rather hard, so I opted for making this bullet point list below:

    (Spoilers from here.)

    • The start of the journey took us to Abortion Town, after the unfortunate events of the last volume, where solid comment

    After the traumatic events of the War for Phang, Hazel, her parents, and their surviving companions embark on a life-changing adventure at the westernmost edge of the universe.

    Trying to gather together my scattered thoughts regarding this newest volume in the

    series is turning out to be rather hard, so I opted for making this bullet point list below:

    (Spoilers from here.)

    • The start of the journey took us to Abortion Town, after the unfortunate events of the last volume, where solid commentary was present in the precarious situation.

    • This lullaby tribute to our most iconic babysitter, Izabel:

    • The emotional bond between Hazel and "make-believe" Kurti. This is what this volume was truly about: focusing on fleshing out character-based storylines, which is incidentally how I like my stories best. 

    This moment of impact... She's maturing at a rapid pace.

    This girl has known too much loss in her young life.

    • Which then leads me back to Alana having to suffer through her miscarriage; it was utterly hard-hitting. Ultimately, she's one the most formidable and fearsome protagonists I've encountered in my reading of graphic novels.

    Hazel's narration throughout was particularly grounding.

    • And last but not least, I have to mention that the completion of this volume was spectacular. I love how everything came together and connected seamlessly. Plus, the gorgeous artwork by Fiona Staples that brings the world and characters within to life.

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